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Posted Wed 12 Mar 14 at 21:35 PM

The Report: Blues 3 Burnley 3

The St. Andrew’s faithful were treated to a pulsating game of football as Blues and Burnley played out a six-goal thriller in the second city.

Blues were forced to come from behind no less than three times in the 3-3 draw. 

Dean Marney had fired the Clarets into a first-half lead, before Federico Macheda levelled just after the hour-mark. Michael Duff regained the advantage for his side minutes later, before Emyr Huws scored a goal of the season contender for Blues. 

With just four minutes of normal time remaining it looked like Blues were going to have their hearts broken as Sam Vokes scored a third goal for the visitors. But Blues were not done, as super-sub Macheda scored the equaliser four minutes into stoppage time. 

Clark made no less than four changes to the side that lost at the weekend to QPR.

Tyler Blackett, Olly Lee, Lee Novak and Andy Shinnie all returned to the starting XI in place of Shane Ferguson, Nikola Zigic, Jordon Ibe and Paul Caddis. The Blues boss also elected to change his playing formation to a 4-1-2-3.

There was little of action of note in the early stages of the game and it took until the 11th minute for the first attempt on goal, when Kieran Trippier volleyed over from 15-yards out.

Almost immediately Shinnie fired wide at the other end of the pitch. Blackett then tested Tom Heaton with a low shot on the half-volley, which the Burnley stopper pushed behind for a corner.

Blues were certainly matching their promotion-chasing opponents and next up to try his luck with a powerful shot was Lee Novak, which was saved by Heaton.

But somewhat fortuitously it was the visitors that took the lead after 30 minutes when Jonathon Spector headed the ball down into the path of Marney, and the Clarets midfielder had the simple task of heading the ball into the back of the net from three yards out.

On 51 minutes Blues broke at pace down the right through Chris Burke, but his deep cross was just missed by Novak with the goal at his mercy.

With an hour played Federico Macheda was introduced to the proceedings in place of Lee, as Clark switched to a 4-4-2 formation.

The change paid almost immediate dividends as he levelled the scores after 63 minutes.

The goal stemmed from a Paul Robinson free-kick, which was flicked onto Macheda and he made no mistake as he side-footed the ball home from close-range. 

However, Blues’ joy was short-lived as they found themselves behind for a second time just four minutes later when Duff headed home Trippier’s free-kick.

But it was certainly not game over as Blues found themselves right back in it with a second goal through on-loan Manchester City midfielder Emyr Huws. And what a strike it was as Huws blasted home an absolute peach of a volley from 25-yards out.

With the game seemingly heading for a draw Blues found themselves behind for a third time after 86 minutes when Junior Stanislas’s low cross was turned in at the near post by Vokes.

Blues continued to battle on in the dying minutes, with Spector shooting just wide and then Novak saw his header cleared off his own goal-line by Michael Duff.

And they finally got their just rewards in the 94th minute when Macheda scored his second of the match. Blackett’s cross was headed on by Novak to Macheda who headed the ball into the back of the net. 
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